Five Marines are declared dead in crash off coast of Japan, search ends - Pacific

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan The Marine Corps has ended an extensive search for five Marines missing after their KC-130J Hercules collided with an F/A-18 Hornet last week off Japans southern coast.

After an update from the Joint Personnel Recovery Center, and a review of all available information, I have made the determination to end the search and rescue operations for the crew of our [Hercules] and to declare that these Marine warriors are deceased, III Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. Eric Smith said in a statement posted Tuesday afternoon to the organizations official Facebook page.

Every possible effort was made to recover our crew and I hope the families of these selfless Americans will find comfort in the incredible efforts made by US, Japanese, and Australian forces during the search, he added.


Seven Marines were involved in the training accident, which occurred just before 2 a.m. Thursday about ....

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